I’m pretty sure I’m losing my voice. I’s been pretty rough the last couple days and having a job talking on the phone for eight hours straight it surprisingly unhelpful. hmm.
So that last entry was maybe borderline angst-y. I think I was channeling my seventeen year old self for awhile there. Anyway, I’m trucking along with my manuscript, but I know I have many mountains to climb before I finish it.
Anyway, I thought I’d share my latest wedding craft, my toss bouquet. I basically wanted some more practice before I attempt my real bouquet, as I want it to be slightly more elaborate than the others. Forgive me, I didn’t write down the names of the flowers, like this one. I liked the grassy-type accent, and at the top of the greenery it looks like it has little mini lilies that I love, so this is the first step, choppy choppy! All together it really looks like a tuft of grass, which isn’t exactly cute. I drove Justin crazy while we were looking at flowers because I kept picking up the grass stuff then deciding against it, over…and over…and over again. Justin was a very good sport about it though, and he said he liked it, so I kept them. Basically, I cut each and every individual leaf off of the main stem one at a time (Justin tried to get a picture of that, but he may or may not have been drinking, so by giving him my camera it was basically like saying “here! Do as you please and take lots of random pictures of me with a lap full of flowers!” Yeah..) anyway, I’m sure you can picture the cutting process, it took some time, but not as much time as the next step…hot glue! Yes, after cutting all the leaves apart, I glues pieces of them back together, as the picture shows. Why? I’m a little crazy and neurotic when it comes to my crafts. I wanted to be able to have the green accent throughout the bouquet and with exactly how much green/flower I preferred, so I spent about an hour hot gluing. I also do not recommend hot glue guns to be in the hands of semi-drunk fiance’s, as they seem to think it’s funny to try to wax your arm with hot glue! He’s lucky he’s cute.
Here are the bulk of the flowers for the bouquet. Again, I’m pretty horrible with remembering to jot down what type of flower I picked up, so all I know from this bunch are the roses in the middle. I get pretty obsessive when I’m picking out flowers for all this. I think I spent half an hour just in flowers holding different combinations of flowers together asking Justin “what do you think?” like a parrot. I’m sure Justin could care less if I went with the small white rosebuds or the small red rosebuds, but again, he has the patience of a saint and is a great sport. I chose white and red for this bouquet to reflect the one I have mapped out in my head for my ceremony one. All my bridesmaids will have the white bouquets I made up earlier, and will be wearing red dresses. Since I’ll be wearing white (ha) my bouquet it going to be primarily red. Kind of off-set things a bit, I think it will work! Btw… this is what I’m thinking for my bouquet, only in red. I’m in love with the cascading look here, and especially because my dress is a big on the simple side and solid white, I want a major pop of color to really bring it out. I’m really at a loss for how to get the cascading effect without having to worry about it falling apart, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
Back to the bouquet at hand. This is how it starts out, I take a few pieces and secure them in place with flower wire. I add a couple pieces at a time because I really, really, really like to change my mind about every single little detail. Doing the arrangement part in steps allows me to 1) keep it together without enlisting the help of an extra pair of hands and 2) let me change my mind and go back without starting from the beginning. I do a lot of trial and error with this. I literally have no expierience with flower arrangement. Not with real flowers or silk ones. Nada. I do think I have a little knack for it though, but if I were handling real flowers I’d probably kill them, I’m really rough when I’m tying things together. This bouquet got extra wire and hot glue, since it’s going to get thrown, haha. and here is the semi-finished result! I wrapped the ribbon by hand and secured it with hot glue and added the different color accent and pearls on the handle just to give it a finished touch. I really didn’t want it to look like it was just a second thought since someone is actually going to catch it and look at it, I want them to think I did a good job (or think it’s professional! haha) But honestly, I really love arranging flowers! I’m actually thinking of maybe setting up a Etsy.com shop once the wedding is over so I can continue to create things when all is said and done. I’m just loving the expierience, and I love accomplishing things myself. I mean, in the big scheme of things these little details really don’t matter that much, but it’s the work and the satisfaction I get that really counts. Here’s a view of the toss bouquet from the top. I wish pictures could really give it justice, it looks pretty awesome. I like how my green accents came out, Justin did make the right call telling me to go with them! haha. Tonight I’m going to attempt the corsages for our moms, dads, and his grandparents. That will leave 4 more bridesmaid bouquets (I’ll probably finish those up next week), my main bouquet, and I’m going to try my hand at a “real” arrangement in memory of my grandmas. I’m not sure what I’ll put into that, I’ve been sticking to red and white, but I might add another splash of some color to make those flowers really special. After that the flowers will be finished! Completely done and with seven months to spare. Tonight after the corsages are done I’ll start printing the envelopes for the save the dates, which I printed up last night. I’ll post a picture of those along with what our invitation looks like all printed. It’s really not anything super fancy, I really wasn’t going to put a whole lot of money into something people will read once, reference maybe half a dozen times, and then toss. As much as I’d love to go all out, I realize there are more important things we can spend the money on, like booze =)
In completely unrelated news, the sky opened up yesterday and dumped more than 6 inches of snow on us. I seriously hate the snow/cold, but the only alternative is to move somewhere warm where there are spiders as big as my fist, so I’m pretty much screwed. At least it’s pretty snow, I’ll have to take a picture of our yard to keep during summer when I complain about how hot it is.
I’ll probably be updating tomorrow with my adventure in corsage making, until then you can entertain yourself here. Hope you’re staying warm, wherever you are!